Alright! So it took me two weeks because I had to read every Amazing Spider-Man since March to catch up to this issue, but that's my level of commitmentto the New Review Group, and my desire to have a perfect record. Thankfully, the next two weeks won't require any catch up because I don't give a crap about American Vampire and will be happy to read one issue and pan it, and Fatale only has one issue.
So, I like Dan Slott in general. Liked his She-Hulk and Mighty Avengers. But he's not a perfect writer by any means, and his stories can leave a lot to ne desired, az I said back in one of my reviews of ASM during the Big Time arc when I was still reading paper comics. IMO, Slott's biggest issue is that he tries to straddle the fence when it comes to his audience. Is he writing for older, established readers, or British Teens? I feel like he tries for both, and as a result, fails to please eiher as often as not.
This issue attempts to establish the Sinister Six as the next major antagonists in Amazing Spider-Man, and it does so by pitting them against the Intelligensia(sp?), a group of brainy villains. This should by all rights be an exciting issue because of the pedigree of the characters involved, but for me it was lackluster. Part of it is that the art is just awful, and the villains don't seem very threatening when they're depicted as warped cartoon characters. Part of it is that Slott's writing tends to depict the characters as jokes, and he goes for cheap gags over compelling storytelling's.
I get the feeling that Slott genuinely likes the characters he writes and respects their history, but maybe he thinks he's more hilarious than he actually is or something, and so he writes everything in this sort of tongue in cheek, wink wink nudge nudge sort of way that ruins any emotion and momentum behind his characters and stories.
Did I mention that I can't stand the art?
Overall, I think Slott has a lot of potential and sometimes you can see that in Amazing Spider-Man, such as for a lot of the Spider Island arc, but other times, like during Big Time and in this issue, his work comes off as immature. Yes, even for comics.
I still consider myself a fan and will keep reading his work, despite he fact that this review sounds harsh. I look forward to Slott maturing as a writer and realizing his potential.
Ramos sucks. He's competent and I appreciate that he has a unique style, but I personally hate that style. I had a lot of trouble following the action here, especially with Weapon Zero, which supposedly shot people into space and was the central device in the story, allegedly used repeatedly by Doc Ock and MODOK to decide the battle. Other than the first time it was used in the issue, I was completely unable to figure out when it was activated.
Kindle autocorrecting Slott to Aloft and making me retype his name over and over: -1